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West Wednesday turns attention to renaming monument for police violence victims

Posted at 10:51 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 23:26:06-04

BALTIMORE — Wednesday was the 361st West Wednesday and they chose this location right next to the Columbus Monument in Heinz Park because they want to have it renamed for victims of police violence.

7 years ago Tawanda Jones’ brother Tyrone West died in the custody of police.

A forensic review found that he died because he couldn’t breathe, and he was in handcuffs at the time.

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“Once they open the cases back up and charge these killer cops accordingly,” Jones said. “Because if I go out and murder somebody they are going to charge me immediately. Why is that they get to murder us and no accountability or transparency.”

They spread out a red green and black flag Pan African Flag surrounding the words Police Accountability.

“I want police immunity to be taken away,” said Marsh O’Neal. “I want them to be convicted for these senseless murders they’re doing. I want them to be not just charged but convicted.”

Baltimore City councilman Ryan Dorsey created a bill to honor victims of police violence instead of Christopher Columbus.He says changing the name of a statue is the most and least they can do.

“We can’t pass any laws whatsoever to regulate the police departments operations,” said Dorsey.

This is literally the most that we can do.

The bill to rename the monument was moved into a committee where they’ll have hearing and then it will be voted in by the entire council.